Royal Academy of Engineering Summer Soirée

Royal Academy of EngineeringThe University is honoured and delighted that the Royal Academy of Engineering chose to bring their prestigious Summer Soirée to the University of York on 27 June 2013, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal as Royal Fellow of the Academy.

About the Royal Academy of Engineering

The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK's national academy for engineering and brings together the best engineers from all sectors of the discipline to advance and promote excellence in engineering.

The Academy provides analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place from which to do business, invests in the UK’s world class research base and works to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering.

Public exhibition

As part of the Summer Soirée and the York Festival of Ideas a public exhibition entitled Engineering: Design for Living was hosted at the University. Highlights of the exhibition included: an exploration of the brain and vocal tracts; creating a new energy source from plasma; developing innovative engineering responses to diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer; and confectionary engineering.

The exhibition also charted York’s historical significance as a major centre for engineering innovation as well as demonstrating the considerable influence of engineering on culture and society.

Research featured in the exhibition

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About the Ron Cooke Hub

Ron Cooke Hub

The Summer Soirée took place in the University's Ron Cooke Hub, a £20 million new building on the Heslington East campus expansion.

The Hub's 7,000sq ft space is designed to encourage discussion and interaction, bringing people together across disciplines and sectors from within and outside of the University. As part of the 2013 Festival of Ideas, the Hub is playing host to large number of exhibitions, film-showings and lectures.


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